Kadir Anlayisli poses next to the terminal where he identified murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta in an internet cafe in Berlin, June 4, 2012
Credits: REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Anlayisli refused to grant an interview to QMI Agency unless he was paid in cash, and he says he's trying to sell his story to the highest bidder.
"It's normal to pay for inside information," he told a QMI journalist outside the cafe where the 29-year-old suspected body-parts killer was arrested on Monday following an international manhunt.
"This guy (Magnotta), this is a big fish. This is normal (that I ask for money). This is my store. Those who do not pay will not have an interview. "
Anlayisli claimed that other journalists had already given him between $225 and $275 for the "real story" about the arrest.
"The more you pay, the longer I'll talk to you. How much do you want to pay? I can make you a receipt," he said.
Anlayisli tried to prove his claim by pulling a few Euros out of his pockets.
When asked how much he had earned for peddling his story, he replied "a lot. This is normal. Everyone pays."
Anlayisli refused to say exactly how much he had made off of Magnotta's coattails.
For anyone who isn't satisfied with a mere interview with Berlin's "hero," Anlayisli says he's prepared to sell the surveillance video footage that showed the arrest.
Never mind that the video has already been uploaded by world media and broadcast wall-to-wall for two straight days.
"The (entire) video lasts 90 minutes," he told QMI. "There is a news agency that bought it from me for $9,000."
When asked who doled out the cash, Anlayisli replied "I don't have the right to say."